tansaniaThe East African Republic of Tanzania is situated within the inner tropics and beside the Indian Ocean. An area more than 2 ½ times bigger than Germany (approx. 945000 km2) is inhabited by roughly 37 million people. Some region like the fertile volcano mountain slopes in the Northwest, are densely populated, while others such as most of the Southern and Western part of the country are almost uninhabited. Offshore, the two islands Pemba and Unguja constitute the self-governing Republic of Zanzibar, which was annexed to Tanzania in 1964.




  • Serengeti National Park: Waving golden grasses, flat-topped acacia trees, distant blue hills. Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the plains. Stately giraffes, indolent lions, stealthy cheetah. It is nearly impossible to describe the Serengeti without usingevery cliché in the book. Surely the Serengeti belongs on everybody list of places to visit. This is picture-perfect Africa!
  • Ngorongoro Crater: For many people the Ngorongoro Crater seems like a zoo. In this volcanic caldera you can find nearly every animal species of the African continent, all concentrated on the small plain on the crater bottom, surrounding a lake. The Ngorongoro Crater is without doubt one of the most faszinating natural highlights East Africa has to offer.
  • Zanzibar: If you are looking for white sandy beaches, banana plantations, coral reefs, tropical climate all mixed to gether with Arabian, African und European cultural influences, then Zanzibar is the place for you. This island is located in the Indian Ocean only a few kilometers off the coast from Tanzania, near Dar es Salaam. It is the ideal place to relax on the beach after enjoying Tanzanias spectacular wildlife. The island also boast some remarkable island resorts, which are perfectly suited for a memorable honeymoon.
  • Kilimanjaro: An almost perfectly shaped volcano that rises sheer from the plains, Mt Kilimanjaro is one of the continent's most magnificent sights. Snowcapped and not yet extinct, at 5892 m it's the highest peak in Africa. For the adventurous traveler there are various hiking routes to the top of the mountain, but a guide is compulsory.
  • Selous Game Reserve: The Selous Game Reserve in the southern parts of Tanzania is still a fairly untouched natural gem. Most of the park is off-limits to tourists, with only accessible bit being the northern sections above the Rufiji River. But due to the limited amount of tourists you will find a great variety of wildlife and nearly untouched nature.


When to go

The climate in the North and at the coast of Tanzania is determined by two rainy seasons. The stronger main rainy season lasts from March until May while the second rainy season begins at November and continues until midst of December. During the main wet season, some regions are not accessible. In the Southwest, both wet seasons fuse to one of several months lengths. For safaris and holiday trips, it is best to travel between June and October. In this period, it is mostly dry and temperatures are fairly moderate. July and August are the coolest months, with a maximum of 18°C in the North and even occasional frost in the Southern Highlands at night. Along the coastline and on Zanzibar, temperatures are between 24°C and 31°C all year around and hardly ever drop below 20°C even at night.

Mt Kilimanjaro has its very own micro climate that comprises from tropical to arctic temperatures. September is the most suitable month for climbing the mountain, when temperatures in the tropical rainforest are very pleasant and a usual clear sky offers splendid views onto the mountain peak. Mt Kilimanjaro can be climbed throughout the year, the rainy months between March and May are not recommended though.



  • Namibian citizens do not require a visa for a visit of less than 30 days. The passport has to be valid for at least six months.
  • EU citizens require a valid passport and a visa for a stay up to 90 days. Your passport has to be valid for another 6 months after you departure from Tanzania. The visa is available at the Tanzanian embassy or by the time of arrival at the airport. The fees are currently US $50, - or € 50, - and have to be paid in either one of these currencies. Special rules and regulations apply for an extended stay.



  • Yellow Fever: When entering from a Yellow Fever affected country, a proof of a valid vaccination is required. Even though vaccination is not compulsory when travelling from areas which are unaffected by Yellow Fever, vaccinations are still recommended. Customs staff at Johannesburg airport might require to see proof of vaccination when travelling from Tanzania, even if the traveller is only in transit in Johannesburg enroute to another destination.
  • Malaria: All regions below 1800 meters in Tanzania fall within the malaria risk zone. Malaria prophylactics in those areas are highly recommended. Especially during sunrise and sunset one should wear long-sleeve clothes and apply insect repellent on naked skin.







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